2020 Winter Business Meeting

The 2020 Color Country Model Railroad Club business meeting was called to order at 7:00pm by president Dave Merrill.  In attendance were club officers Al Thorne (VP Lionel Group), Larry Schneider (VP G scale Group, Club Treasurer), Jim Harper (VP O scale Group), M. David Merrill (VP HO scale Group and Superintendent, Southern Utah Division), Bob Mallory, Dan Mangiarcina, Terry Schramm, Bryan Osborn, Jim Clark, Werner Balsterholt, Rich Wilson, Bruce Klawitter, Joe Zukowski, and Lloyd Thomson (webmaster).

Financial Reporting:
Outgoing expenses for 2019 included building materials for the Lionel and DRMC Children’s layouts, as well as the annual Spring BBQ and Christmas Party.  2019 paid membership increased to 39.  Club members who haven’t contacted Larry Schneider with their dues payment are encouraged to do so soon.

2020 Club Organization: After three years of service, Dave Merrill submitted his termination as club president.  Al Thorne was nominated to succeed Dave, approved by voice vote, and conducted the remainder of the meeting.  Bob Mallory initiated a discussion on club officer succession, suggesting future presidents be drawn from the club’s Board or VP’s ranks.  No final decision was reached on the matter.  To succeed Al Thorne as Lionel Group VP, Bob Mallory was nominated and approved by voice vote.  Lastly, Rich Wilson accepted the nomination of N-Scale Group VP and was approved by voice vote.  Club officers and coordinators are listed below.

President:         Al Thorne
Treasurer:         Larry Schneider
Vice Presidents: 
     G scale              Larry Schneider
     Lionel                Bob Mallory
     HO scale           M. David Merrill
     N scale              Rich Wilson
     Annual Tour      Terry Schramm, Larry Schneider, Al Thorne, Lloyd Thomson
     Spring BBQ       Tim Fitch
     Holiday Party    Thomas Eckhart
     Inventory           Evelyn Wilson
     Webmaster & Facebook: Lloyd Thomson

2020 Club Activities:
Friday Lunch at Cracker Barrel Restaurant - 11:30am to 1:00pm
1736 S. Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790

2020 Calendar Items:
     Kanab Train Show – February 21-22 (Lionel layout, Dave Merrill layouts on display)
     Hostlers Train Show - March 6-8 (Ogden, UT)
     CCMRRC Spring BBQ - April 18 (Tim and Dana Fitch hosting)
     Fall Business Meeting – September 29
     Annual Tour – November 6-9
     Jubilee of Trees – November 19-23
     Holiday Party – December 8 (Sky Mountain Clubhouse, Hurricane)

2019 Layout Tour:  November 8-11, 2019
Various methods were employed to spread the word including the Club’s website and the Division’s Facebook page, local newspapers, radio spots, and four newly created banners displayed near high traffic intersections in St. George.  (Expense for two additional banners for the 2020 tour was approved by voice vote.)  Twenty railroads ranging from N scale to G scale were open to the public with over 1600 visitors tallied on Saturday alone.  Photos can be found on the website https://www.colorcountrytrains.org/p/blog-page_20.html. 

G scale Railroad for the DRMC Pediatrics Playroom:
After several delays, construction is finally underway.  Desert Star Glass will fabricate the around-the-room shelf at their facility beginning January 21 and schedule playroom installation on or about January 28.  The G scale group will complete the project as soon as Desert Star Glass is finished.  Be sure to visit the website for photos of the Club’s latest project.   

Christmas Party: December 3, 2019
Hosted by Evelyn and Dick Wilson at the Elks Lodge, this year's gathering included great company, wonderful food, and a delightful gift exchange.  Click the link below to see all the happy faces.  https://www.colorcountrytrains.org/p/2019-christmas-party_30.html